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Jimmy Kimmel: third-grade jokes played best at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Through talking about how Jimmy Kimmel did at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the weekend? Well, he’s got a few things to say about the attendees.

“It was pretty much exactly what I expected, but that doesn’t change the fact it is a difficult crowd,” Kimmel told Anderson Cooper Monday on “AC360.”

 “About half the crowd feels like they can’t laugh at your jokes and the other half feels like they can’t laugh at the other jokes. And then, the journalists, depending on where they’re sitting, are nervous about laughing in front of people about whom the jokes are being made. It’s not exactly the ideal comedy environment.”

Asked if he decided to kill any gags at the last minute, deeming them too edgy for the room, Kimmel responded, “Yeah, some things were playing better than others. It seemed like people liked the simpler jokes…I had a lot of inside jokes that maybe I skipped by a little bit, because people seemed to be squarely focused on Kim Kardashian.”

Anderson, who noted “ I went once and I refuse to go ever again -- I will watch it on TV or online, it’s like 3,000 people and it just seems like a nightmare, observed that Kimmel’s gag about President Obama covering his ears, if that’s physically possible, got a big laugh from the First Lady.  

“The third grade jokes seemed to get the best reaction of all of them,” Kimmel agreed.


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